Alice Fantastic

by Maggie Estep

Akashic Books

“The storytelling has vitality and a spirit of rebellion, giving us hope for the future of all those bad girls with dirty faces and bad boys on bikes.”
The New York Times

“There is about Maggie Estep's work a directness, a clear determination—a drive to cut through, to break through, to claw through—that is impressive.”
—A.M. Homes

“Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and sexy; she turns a good phrase and shows some leg.”
—Jonathan Ames

About the Book

Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old professional gambler living in Queens, New York. She is modestly successful as a horseplayer and enjoys her work. Though avidly pursued by her lover, Clayton, who she refers to as The Big Oaf, Alice's closest companion is Candy, a small spotted dog, and Alice likes it that way. When Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to ask one of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a few things go wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose own lover has just been killed in a freak accident.

There is fierce love between Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), but it takes Alice's accidental discovery of an awful secret Kimberly has been keeping to truly bring three eccentric women, seventeen dogs, and assorted lovers together.

About the Author

Before publishing her first novel, Maggie Estep (1963-2014) worked as a horse groom, a go-go dancer, a dishwasher, a nurse’s aide, and a box factory worker. Maggie published seven books and recorded two spoken word CDs.  She gave readings of her work at cafes, clubs, and colleges throughout the US and Europe and also performed her work on The Charlie Rose Show, MTV, PBS, and HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam”. Her writing has appeared in The New York Post, Self Magazine, Village Voice, New York Press, Harpers Bazaar, Spin, and Nerve.com, as well as in dozens of anthologies including but not limited to Brooklyn Noir, The Best American Erotica, and Hard Boiled Brooklyn.

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